Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi
Direction: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is a typical Bollywood love story. The endearing characters, who are indispensable to this story, make this small-town tale heartwarming.
Bitti from Bareilly loves break dance, English films and an occasional puff and this obviously doesn’t fit the description of a ‘suitable girl’. Despite the fact that she has a government job, her eligibility is suspect and she’s been rejected multiple times by various suitors.
Enter our two heroes: Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar Rao) who are both vying for Bitti’s affection. What’s interesting here is not who will eventually win her heart but their characters that make for an interesting watch.
Chirag has had his heart broken once before and this time he doesn’t want any such misfortune to revisit him. While he is essentially a well-mannered, respectful and lovable boy, he can also be manipulative and an intimidating bully.
Pritam Vidrohi, on the other hand, is the timid, soft-spoken and not-so-suave salesman at a saree shop who is harried by his friends to do their biding. His transformation into a brusque tough guy makes for some really hilarious moments in this film.
The supporting cast – Bitti’s father, mother and Chirag’s friend — bolsters their performance with some memorable portrayals. Casting Director Mukesh Chhabra deserves a mention: he seems to know who is the right fit for every part in this film.
If you look at the film without these elements, it is a wafer-thin plot. But the actors and the quick humour that the narrative is laced with make the film engaging and entertaining. It might not have the vivacity and spark of Anand L Rai’s films but comes quite close to replicating the charm of small-town romances from the North Indian heartland with its various nuances.
You can watch this one. This delectable story will leave you with a smile on your face.
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